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Old 02-09-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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So, here it is. For several years my wife and I have wanted to get a travel trailer to spend more time with our young girls. We have family and friends who camp and are always singing the praises of their adventures. In the past year, I first pulled the trigger on the 2013 Chevy 2500HD tow vehicle, and after much thought and sore muscles going in and out of trailers at several shows, purchased a 2014 Wildwood Heritage Glen 300BH. Delivery is in 6 weeks, which is fine given the winter we're having and the fact I have time to see what things I needs to consider before our first time out. This is where the fear sets in......

After scanning through many of the forums, is there anyone out there who can calm my nerves which have me thinking that this thing I bought is going to fall apart a mile after leaving the dealership (which, if I read right, will disavow any knowledge of my purchase 5 minutes after the sale is complete), leak if I am not constantly on the roof catching raindrops, bounce like a carnival ride every time a take a breath, and basically fall apart before I open my first beer? After reading many of the forums, I am now thinking this is the best worst decision of our lives!

All will be OK, won't it?!

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Most post you see on here are about the problems people have.
for the most part, people who don't have problems never say how great their TT or 5er is. My TT had, a few problems, but I still do not regret buying it ,,,,ever.

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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Don't put to much stock in what you read on forums. If it was that bad there would not be so many happy campers out there. Stop worrying and enjoy your new camper!

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by shatste View Post

All will be OK, won't it?!
But of course it will, mostly, som....

Oh, got off track there, sorry!

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:32 PM   #5
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you WILL have some issues.....we all do, and most are just minor things any resonably handy person can just deal with and move along.....

of the many many many people who are totally satisfied and have nary an issue, we will probably never hear a peep from on these or any forums...

its the ones who HAVE issues who find the peak of the mountain and yell...

your here and asking questions and doing your due diligence to educate yourself....that will be a big your PDI with a fine tooth comb and dont settle for anything you dont feel is right...
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:36 PM   #6
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:41 PM   #7
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Shatste....dont sweat the small stuff...and its all small stuff! Undoubtedly you will have a couple issues first few times out...just a matter of getting the bugs out, and most everything you will be able to resolve yourself. No doubt there is a learning curve...but cut yourself some slack, and it will all work out. The enjoyment you will get, the fun you will have with your family, and the memories you will build will far outweigh any issues.
Like Ida Ratherbe stated...much of what you see and read on here are people with issues. Go on any automotive forum dedicated to any car manufacturer and will read much of the same,,,people's issues with the product and looking for answers.
Just take in as much as you can here, tons of great advice, and ask away if you have questions. When camped you will also find tons of fellow campers that are more than willing to show you how things work if you are having trouble with anything.
Best advice that we can offer you is to have a thorough knowledge of your RV and when you pick it up, take all the time you need with your dealer when doing your PDI, and ask whatever is on your mind.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:48 PM   #8
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Picked up our new 29RLWS which just happened to have been built on my birthday (which was a Tuesday). Has some very minor issues (curtain fell off, grease dust cap damaged and hub cap fell off, screen door won't stay closed) and a few more. If you the least bit handy these are nothing but a little time. I find it soothing to spend a little time getting to know the TT. Bought a furniture marker to fix nicks and scratches and the glass shower stall leaks at the floor pan. A little GE II clear silicone and I'm leak free. When we bought our $350k house had some of the same crazy issues. I fixed them. Only difference my home is not a rolling earthquake!!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:50 PM   #9
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we still have our Rockwood Roo 23SS after over 7 years and still nothing has gone wrong.(knock on wood). and it's a hybrid travel trailer, which is supposed to be more susceptible to leaks than other types of RVs.

there were some minor warranty issues that were done over the 2 years of the factory warranty. nothing major.

what's happened to you is that you've been reading RV forums too much. forums like these tend to attract those with problems, more than anyone else. it's only natural because many people don't go to one, unless they start having problems.

if you aren't having issues with your RV, rarely would you start a thread saying: "MY FR RV has had no issues at all. Isn't that GREAT?"
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And as you look around at a lot of the current posts are people that just can't wait to hitch theirs up for the start of the current season.

There tons of posts of things you should get to make life easier/protect your investment.

Start slow and just think of the time away from the real world and all the great people from this forum that you can meet at the events 😃

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